Artists Striving to End Poverty’s Eighth Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP will take place December 12 at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub.
Conceived and produced by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the concert features Raúl Esparza (Company, Taboo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Kate Baldwin (Big Fish, Finian's Rainbow) Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, The Little Mermaid), Constantine Mouralis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), Sean Zuni Green, David Josefsberg (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (Wicked, Carrie), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, Million Dollar Quartet, Company), recording artist Anya Singleton, Helen White, and more to be announced.
Here’s how it’s billed: “What better way to get into the holiday spirit than an evening featuring Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing new and classic holiday songs…with a twist! Along with your seasonal favorites, expect fresh, original approaches — pop, soul, R&B, rock and more — many of them captured on the Sh-KBoom/Ghostlight album 'New York City Christmas,' available for purchase at the concert.”
The concert will be directed by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Bare: The Musical, Carrie).
Musicians for the evening include Shankel (on piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), Peter Calo (guitar), Jim Hershman (guitars), Max Mosten (violin), Summer Boggess (cello), Colin Brigstocke (trumpet), Scott Kreitzer (saxophone), and Jeff Schiller (saxophone).
Tickets are $100.00 each for premium seats, $75.00 each for general seating. All proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved kids, using the arts awakening their imaginations, fostering critical thinking, and helping them break the cycle of poverty. ASTEP places volunteer artists in India, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, New York and Florida and supports the efforts of ASTEP Chapters in more than a dozen communities around the U.S.
Click here for tickets. Joe’s Pub is located within The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.
For more information about ASTEP visit astep.org.